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Let Jesus Happen To You!

"I'm Not Ready"
by Leo Miller
Founder and Pastor of First Assembly of God Church of Lockhart, Texas

I was in the city of Chicago with a Calvary Commission team reaching out to people with God's love and hope for their lives. One night I met a young man named Johnny. He was like many of the young men on the inner-city streets. He had fallen victim to drugs and a life of crime. It was a very cold night and I was talking to Johnny about his need for God. I invited him into the church to warm up and talk more about God, but he just laughed, taking his need for God lightly.

As we continued to visit on the street, a young boy came up with a toy pistol and pointed it at Johnny, "Bang - Bang" Johnny laughed and said, "He got me." I took the opportunity to ask him, "What if that had been real? What if you die tonight? Let's go in and talk about it." Still, he wasn't ready.

Not much time passed by when a prostitute approached us. She was very upset and angry with Johnny and threatened that someone was looking for him. Again, Johnny assured me that he was not ready to give his laugh to Jesus Christ. Only moments later, another man came running around the corner and grabbed Johnny by his coat and I saw a knife being pulled out of his stomach.

Johnny fell to the snow covered ground; his head was in the street with the rest of his body on the sidewalk. I put my coat under his head to comfort him. What more I could do to help him? Now, for Johnny, it was truly too late. He would never have an opportunity to talk to anyone about his need for God. Ready or not, he was dying. He looked at me and said softly, "Help me!" as he breathed his last breath.

It was truly too late for this young man Johnny, but you can turn to God and receive His forgiveness and help in your life. Before it is too late, open the door of your heart and invite Jesus to be your Saviour.

The Bible, the Word of God, says that Jesus Christ is the substance and source of life. For this reason and others, we truly find God in our lives.

In John 10:10, the Bible says that "the thief cometh but for to steal, kill, and destroy: I am come that they might have life." As hard as we try, we cannot have life's best until we first open our heart to God.

Our great God, by the very life and death of His Son, has provided forgiveness of sin and fullness of life. We must only acknowledge our need and turn to Him.

God very much desires to help every person. He is our creator and above all others loves each of us. The Bible teaches that we have all sinned. The good news is that God, by the life and death of His Son, Jesus Christ, provides forgiveness of sin. If you desire to turn to God and experience this forgiveness. Then follow the steps provided on the following pages:

ACKNOWLEDGE YOUR SIN

Luke 18:3 The man standing afar off would not lift up so much of his eyes unto Heaven, but smote upon his breast saying, "God be merciful to me, a sinner." Now THINK in your heart of the ways you have sinned against God.

CONFESS YOUR SIN

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sin, HE is faithful and just to forgive us our sins. Now PRAY and tell God you know you have sinned against Him; Name those sins that come to your mind; Ask Him now to forgive you.

REPENT AND FORSAKE YOUR SIN

Isaiah 55:7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; Let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy on him.

Now, You must be willing, with God's help, to stop those things that you know to be wrong. If you ask God to help you, He is able.

BELIEVE

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Now Thank God for His Son and forgiveness; choose to believe that he has forgiven; choose to believe that he has forgiven you. The Christian life is a life of faith.

RECEIVE

John 1:12 But as many as received him, them gave he POWER to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.

Now Receive the Power; God will live in your heart and help you to live this new Christian life.

As a new Christian it is important that you become a part of a local church. God has not called you to stand alone. The church family will help you to grow in Christ.

It is important for you now make contact with a Bible believing Christian church in your area.

For additional help, please contact us at missions@calvarycommission.org

   
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